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Chalet USA owners Helen Gienke & Rob Brown stumbled upon Colorado, USA in 2001, whilst on career break from their UK Marketing jobs, skied there all winter & never looked back. We wanted to share this fantastic USA ski holiday experience with other UK skiers, so we set up Chalets USA in 2004. We live in Colorado, know the ski resorts and the accommodation and can give you advice of finding the right skiing holiday for you. www.chalets-usa.co.uk

Friday, 28 December 2018

Arrabelle Vail names in Forbes top 12 best hotels of 2018

The Arrabelle Hotel at Vail Square is one of our favourite luxury properties and has now been named in Forbes' top 12 hotels for 2018.

We love its ski in, ski out location in Lionshead Village Vail, right by the gondola and chairlift and you can ski back over the skier bridge to the Arrabelle building, where the ski valet will help you with you skis.

A luxury 5 star property with roof top swimming pool, spa, on site restaurants, butler service amongst the many amenities, the Arrabelle offers hotel & apartment or residence style accommodation.

Read more here on The luxury Arrabelle in Vail hotel & apartments.

Read the Forbes article to see what they think of the Arrabelle!

Vail luxury skiing holidays 
Arrabelle ice rink Vail Lionshead Village luxury accommodation
Luxury hotel room Vail at the Arrabelle Hotel
Arrabelle Vail residences luxury ski in ski out apartments Vail

Luxury dining room & kitchen in luxury Vail apartments

Arrabelle Residences bedroom for luxury Vail snow holidays

Snow holidays Vail in luxury apartments Arrabelle bathroom

Luxury Spa Vail in the Arrabelle Hotel & Residences

Friday, 21 December 2018

The 12 days of Christmas - skiing version!

Chalets USA 12 days of Christmas skiing & snowboard style!

We're getting into the Christmas spirit, ready to celebrate the festive season.

Here's the Chalets USA 12 days of Christmas - the winter skiing & snowboard version:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me...
  • One Santa Skiing...

1 One santa skiing

  • Two horses proud...

2 Two horses trotting

  • Three winter moose...

3 Three moose in the snow

Read or sing more of the 12 days of Christmas

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Did you know...? Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley ski resort is now open for the 2018 / 2019 ski season! Deer Valley is a special ski resort in many ways.

Did you know...these 5 things about Deer Valley Resort & why?

Deer Valley ski resort
Skiing holidays Deer Valley ski resort
  1. No snowboarders - why?
     Deer Valley is a ski only resort.

  2. Quiet slopes - why?
    Deer Valley limits the number of people on the slopes each day.

  3. No carrying ski gear - why?
    Complimentary ski storage on mountain day & overnight.

  4. Be the first on the slopes - why?
    Mid & high mountain lodging means beating everyone else up the mountain.

  5. Get to resort super quick! - why?
    Deer Valley is just 45 mins from Salt Lake City international airport with short transfer time.

For more details read the full article on Deer Valley ski resort information

Friday, 30 November 2018

Ski lessons in America

Skiing & snowboarding are wonderful winter sports, whether you're just starting to turn & still falling over a lot (!), are learning to tackle those harder blue & blue/black runs or have multiple years experience and are taking on the moguls, steeps & glades.

Many people benefit from taking lessons, whether you're a complete beginner taking up the sport for the first time up, to people who would just like some tips or to be shown around the mountain with a guide.

There are some significant differences in lessons offered in American ski resorts vs Europe, so we've laid out the basics, so you know what to expect from ski schools in the USA.

Take a look: USA ski school 101 - A guide to snowboard & ski lessons in American ski resorts

Ski lessons in the Unites States of America

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Friday, 2 November 2018

Brand New Property!

Doubletree at Park City has just been added to our portfolio! 

A two minute shuttle to the slopes, with amenities such as:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Hot tub
  • Games room
  • Gym
  • On-site restaurant AND bar

Double Tree snow holiday accommodation Park City Utah USA ski holidays

There's not much else missing!

Book your ski holiday today!

Contact us: 
UK Tel: (+44) 01223 655642 
  Australia Tel: (+61) 02 6145 2532
US Tel: 1-303-482-1961

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

NEW Australian phone number for our Australian clients!

We love our Australian clients who come all the way from the Southern Hemisphere, to enjoy the fabulous skiing in the USA.

To make it easier for guests coming from Australia to contact us we have now added an Australian phone number.

Australians can now call this number and it comes through to us here in Colorado at no extra cost to you!

We'd love to help you plan your next American snow holidays so:

Give us a ring on 02 6145 2532 today!

Chalets USA
USA ski holiday specialists for Australians travelling to the USA
Aus Tel 02 6145 2532

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Friday, 20 July 2018

Deer Valley Resort is live!!

The newest of our resorts is now live on our website...
Introducing the luxurious and exclusive Deer Valley Resort!
Check out our website for more: Deer Valley Resort, Chalets USA 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Types of people you meet on USA ski lifts

Ever met any of these people on Colorado ski lifts? From those that talk your ear off to those that are jittering from the height, there are revealing signs for each one.


They worked for decades to save up enough money to move to the mountains in their old age. They're there at 9:30am most days and definitely get more ski days in than you.


A hard worker like the retiree, but seasonally. They work hard all summer so that when the season changes and the snow starts to fall, they can ski all day. Tell-tale signs of a Ski Bum are those home packed lunches and expensive skis on top of their cheap truck.


They know the mountain like the back of their hand. If you need to know about the snowfall, mountain or the names, difficulty and powder levels of the runs, ask them. They will know, not that they are willing to share their secrets.


They double up on runs by speeding down the slopes and waiting for no man. They ski alone so they don't have to stop and love to shred the mountain so that they get the most out of their lift pass. Usually highly skilled, don't try and keep up!


Texas may be bigger, but Colorado is better, for skiing at least. So these southern ski belles hurry to Colorado on their holidays to take advantage of the snow. They may only ski one week a year, so spend a while skiing the slopes a little precariously. But after residing in the bar, they come back to the slopes a pro.


After a long week of working, they just want to get out of the city, so by waking up in the small hours of the morning, they head to the slopes. Catching the first chair, they get the most out of the ski before making their way back home in mid-afternoon to beat the traffic back to the city. A day of immense pow means no work even on the week days! 


If you were lucky enough to be born in or around a ski area, you'll recognise this as you or one of your friends. No parents or instructors needed, this kid already has all the required muscle movements that mean they'll be in the Winter Olympics by the time they're 15.


It's true that families who ski can find some amazing solace in the mountains of Colorado, but this is not always an easy job for the parents. Carrying everyone's skis, not losing the kids that are actually better skiers than themselves (although they'd never admit it), and wiping the tears of the cold, tired little ones can be tough, but it'll all be worth it when they can ski by themselves.


Everyone has to learn to ski at some point, and when these guys get let loose by their instructors, they ask you all their questions. However, don't mock them, we need them too! Help them out by pointing out the easier runs, the route back to the base and any other tips you may have.


For some, the only way to spend Spring Break is on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. While many students may seek out the beach on their college breaks, the snow is where you should go for others since the Colorado bluebird spring days have great snow and great sun, where could you go wrong? They may have drunk too much the night before and be so cold from lack of knowledge about appropriate ski gear for the altitude, but they're still loving life.

For more information on USA ski holidays:
Chalets USA Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk
UK Telephone: 01223 655642
US Telephone: 1-303-482-1961

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

We're back!!

You can't get rid of us that easily, so we're back again for the summer and the season to come!

Keep on following our pages for more news, deals and property updates

Enquire on our website to find out more, or just to ask a question...

Contact Us
Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk
Telephone US: 1-303-482-1961
Telephone UK: 01223 655642 

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Final Chalets USA day of the season!

Thank you to everyone that made yet another season so special for us in Colorado, allowing us to visit properties and resorts as well as giving us some exciting projects to work on in the future! 

Keep updated on our social media pages to see when we're back, we won't be long...

Stay in contact: 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Putting the limelight on Limelight hotels

Currently we are offering the Limelight hotel in Aspen, but we're planning to soon add Limelight's development in Snowmass! Here's a sneak peak at the current and future properties...

Limelight Hotel, Aspen


- Close to town, restaurant strip, the exclusive Belly Up bar and the opera house
- Complimentary (half hot) breakfast
- Deluxe king and queen/queen bedding options
- Exclusive hot tubs and pool
- Après – inclusive 3-7:30p in the restaurant area
- Kitchenettes
- Daily housekeeping
- Robes included
- Restaurant opens 3pm, full menu & pizza kitchen
- Communal terrace available for private parties, which can have smores & firepit lit with mountain view
- Complimentary shuttle to Snowmass at 9 & 10am, to book on arrival
- Ski lockers for boots, ski storage for the shuttle all of which is connected to the shop/rentals. You can also pick up lift tickets from here!
- Bus stop just at the end of the block also goes every 7 mins around town and to Snowmass

Coming to the Limelight, Aspen
- 2019 update on soft goods in rooms and common areas

Hotel in the centre of Aspen Colorado

Suites at the Limelight hotel Aspen Snowmass ski holidays USA

Hotel rooms at self catered Limelight USA ski accommodation

Balconies with fire-pits and mountain views at the Limelight Aspen

Limelight Hotel, Snowmass

- Ski in ski out  
- 99 hotel rooms, 30 of which will be connected rooms, all with kitchenettes and open closets
- Breakfast included
- On site restaurants
- 2 new Super Jacuzzis, fitness centre and games room
- Climbing wall, winter ice rink, concert area, food trucks all in the area
- Ski concierge and storage
- Close to the brand new Four Mountains Sports complex for easier rentals
Booking from Feburary 15

Rendering of bathrooms in Limelight Snowmass new hotel

Renderings: Double queen hotel room bedroom Limelight Snowmass

Rendering of patio, hot tub and fire pits at new Snowmass bass area

Common areas at new Limelight Snowmass USA ski holidays

Contact us to enquire, for more information or to book:
Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Telephone: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961
Email info@chalets-usa.co.uk

Thursday, 29 March 2018

New Properties News!

We've recently added four new properties to our repertoire all from the luxurious resort Beaver Creek!

Village Walk

  • Luxury ski in ski out homes
  • 4 & 5 bedroom platinum rated ski chalets
  • Range of bedding available
  • Private hot tub in each home
  • Garage parking and complimentary shuttle
  • Access to Allegra Spa for fitness centre, pool and hot tubs 
  • Games/family room

Luxury ski in ski out Beaver Creek USA accommodation 

Ski chalet accommodation for Colorado USA ski holiday

4, 5 bedroom ski homes ski in ski out accommodation Beaver Creek USA 

Oxford Court

  • Ski in, ski out self catered apartments at the centre of Beaver Creek village
  • Available as 2, 3 or 4 bedroom residences
  • Amenities include hot tubs, outdoor heated pool, fitness centre and complimentary shuttle services

Oxford Court, Beaver Creek USA outdoor heated pool slopeside

Ski in ski out residences at the centre of Beaver Creek village

Beaver Creek USA ski in ski out self catered apartments

Village Hall

  • Ski in, ski out apartments at the heart of Beaver Creek village
  • 2 - 5 bedroom self catered apartments 
  • Access to Allegria Spa with gym, hot tubs and outdoor pool
  • Outdoor fire pits for late night marshmallow roasting!

Central Beaver Creek self catered apartments USA ski holidays

Ski in ski out residences Beaver Creek USA

Exterior true ski in ski out Beaver Creek Colorado ski holiday


  • Three buildings: Highlands Lodge, Highlands Slopeside & Highlands Westview which share a range of amenities
  • Ski in, ski out just above the Beaver Creek village
  • 3 bedroom apartments & 3 bedroom apartments plus loft
  • Slopeside pool and hot tubs, as well as indoor hot tubs
  • Ski lockers 
  • Shuttle and lobby 
  • Gym
Colorado self catered apartments Beaver Creek

USA ski holiday accommodation with range of amenities

Ski in ski out Beaver Creek accommodation for USA ski holidays

Enquire with us to find out rates for your dates!

Contact Us

UK: 01223 655642
US: 1-303-482-1961

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Spring skiing!!

Skiing in Spring should not be undervalued! With emptier slopes, sunnier days and warmer weather, this makes for a great skiing experience. Unsure still? We have some tips for you...

  1. Make sure you know which direction you're going as the snow conditions change throughout the day depending on whether you are North, East, South or West
  2. Get to the higher altitudes. The conditions will be better here so seek out those bowls!
  3. Eat lunch on the mountain, this means you can keep on skiing the higher runs with no stops at the base area.
  4. Not only is it best to eat lunch up high, but later on in the day as the best ski conditions tend to be late morning-mid afternoon.
  5. Make sure your clothing is flexible so that you can adapt to the changing temperatures throughout the day.

More help with Spring USA skiing holidays:

Some of the best times in the USA to ski is during April when the Americans are off of their spring breaks and back to school. For easter skiing see our Easter ski holidays USA article here

For help with what to wear on your USA ski holiday see our article here

What's the best time of year to ski in the USA?

For more details see our article on How to make the most of Spring skiing in the USA

Contact Us:
UK Tel 01223 655642
US Tel 303 482 1961

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Park City Trip Chalets USA!

We had an amazing time visiting Park City, Utah last week. Visiting lots of beautiful properties and got some great recommendations for restaurants that we'd like to share!

Here's a few of our Park City properties that we visited

  • Silver Star: luxury ski in, ski out contemporary apartments, townhomes and homes with private hot tubs, pool, gym and on-site restaurant.
  • Grand Summit Hotel: ski in, ski out self-catered apartments with spa & health club. Plus, we saw the new renovation and thought it looks amazing!
  • Sundial: at these self-catered apartments there has been a brilliant upgrade to the common areas!
  • Silverado: great self-catered apartments and hotel rooms with access to pools, hot tubs and an on-site restaurant. 
  • Hyatt Centric: An AAA Four Diamond resort where we saw the renovated ski valet area and games room, which now has table tennis, pool and table football.
  • 820 Park Avenue: contemporary luxury, ski in, ski out three bedroom apartments which can be converted to a 6 bedroom with private elevator.
  • Hotel Park City: A luxury hotel with incredible amenities in an absolutely breathtaking setting where we ate in the luscious restaurant Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. 

And we have updated our Après Ski & Restaurants section of the Chalets USA Park City page: updated restaurants recommendations

In the town of Park City:

  • Flannigan's is a comfy and authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant with great beers and traditional pub foods which "was good value for money" - Jo, Feb 2018 
  • Yuki Yama Sushi is in the centre of Park City on Main Street with a contemporary mix of Korean and Japanese meals, Jenny "had great sushi, and most of it was even gluten free" Feb, 2018 
  • The No Name Saloon & Grill serve great Buffalo burgers and is "also a good hotspot" Jenny, Feb 2018 

See our Instagram for photos

Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Telephone: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961
Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Confused on your ski holiday? Too much slang to keep up with? Feel like you need a translation dictionary? 

That's ok! Even the USA can feel a bit far away from home. So, to make sure you do feel at home, we've compiled a list of ski slang to help you out on your ski holiday.

Be it a snow snake or a yard sale, we've got you covered! 

Click the link here for many more

Contact Us:
Website: www.chalets-usa.co.ukUK Tel 01223 655642US 1-303-482-1961Email info@chalets-usa.co.uk

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Special offer time!

There's nothing better to make booking your ski holiday a little better than with one of our ski deals..

From free nights at Breckenridge to 40% off at Vail, from self-catered apartments to hotel rooms: there is a special offer for any ski holiday needs.

Aspen Snowmass


Beaver Creek

Jackson Hole

  • Powder special: 10% off 7 night stay at Moose Creek and Granite Ridge now - April 
  • Free kids lift passes with purchase of adult lift pass 

Park City

Steamboat Springs


  • Special Deals at Lionhead Village Vail: 20-40% off Feb 20 - April 15, 2018 Landmark, Westwind and Vantage Point
  • Ski in, ski out, Lions Square Lodge special deals: 20% off 4 night or longer stays March 31 - April 15 2018, 15% off 10 nights now - March 9 2018, 10% off 4 -9 nights now - March 9 2018 
  • 25% off now - April 7, 30% off April 8 onwards at Vail Racquet club
Contact Us to book:
Email: info@chatels-usa.co.uk
Telephone: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Highlighting Beaver Creek

The resort of the rich and famous, Beaver Creek, has a special place in our hearts... 

With beautifully groomed slopes, quiet skiing and 325 inches of snow each year, this Colorado resort is heaven on earth for any level skier!

It's not just the slopes at Beaver Creek that stand out, but the accommodation and luxury amenities.

The White Carpet Club is one of these amenities, a private, exclusive retreat in the village where you can keep your street shoes in lockers while the ski valet is there to help with your gear. With boot dryers and complimentary cookies, this is the perfect addition to your luxury ski holiday, with daily, weekly and more extended memberships available. 

White Carpet Club luxury care, free cookies, boot room and lockers Beaver Creek

At Beaver Creek you don't have to worry about slow lifts as the upgraded Drink of Water chairlift #5 is now a high speed 4 passenger lift, re-named the Red Buffalo Express (one of the 11 high speed quad lifts). To make skiing even easier, there are escalators to take you up the slopes, no more stomping around the village in your boots!

Accommodation is also a massive part of what makes Beaver Creek so special. With luxury ski in, ski out properties such as Snow Cloud Lodge and Bear Paw Lodge - both with access to the the Ritz Hotel amenities, complimentary shuttle services and hot tubs on site  - its easy to remain luxurious all season long. Want something a little less extravagant? There's plenty of options for a quieter holiday too. The Charter at Beaver Creek and The Borders Lodge provide great value true ski in, ski out self catered apartments with hot tubs and many other amenities.

Snow Cloud Lodge luxury ski in ski out self catered apartments Beaver Creek USA
The Borders Lodge ski in ski out self catered apartments hot tub Beaver Creek USA

Après ski is always a big part of your ski holidays, as much as the slope action is important you need to relax and have fun off the slopes as well! Beaver Creek has many dining options on and off the slopes, live DJs, performances and concerts, taverns and bars, and a range of boutiques and shops to browse. Some of our favourites include Toscanini, an Italian restaurant, Rimini with their gorgeous crepes, gelato and coffee, and Beano's cabin on the mountain restaurant. See our Food of the Mountain collection for some delicious pictures. 

This exclusive resort has many hidden gems and that why we love it! Why not explore it for yourself? 

Contact Us:
Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk
UK Tel: 01223 655642
US Tel: 13034821961

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Crashes can be comedic!!

Even the best of us will have some bad crashes, no matter how good we are!
Here's a great video showing this from Steamboat Springs, hopefully it'll get everyone chuckling!

For more beautiful photos and videos of the resort go to our website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk

Thursday, 18 January 2018

To all of our Australia and New Zealand friends and clients, could you even imagine building a snowman or ice sculpture at this time of year? 

We can, its been dumping snow steadily in the USA resorts this season so far, and we want to make sure you can enjoy it too! So, we have compiled an article to guide you our way... Click here for all the tips you need to plan your next summer ski holiday. 

Amazing snow sculptures at Vail ski resort Colorado
Book with us for this or next season to catch up on your ski time!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

What's on at Aspen Snowmass?

Aspen Snowmass has a huge range of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks. From Olympic Qualifiers to Snow festivals, there is something for everyone!

With the massive snow totals that Aspen have been producing recently - 45cm in the past week - we want to let you know what you can do off the slopes as well as on! The Toyota Grand Prix Olympic Selection finishes this weekend in preparation for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but thats only the beginning...

Ullr Nights are happening until the end of the season. Not sure what this is? Well, its a tradition at Snowmass in appreciation of the Nordic God of snow Ullr. This may sound a little odd, but the nights  are a perfect way to spend your Friday evenings after the sun has gone down at Aspen Snowmass. Included in the festivities is: live music, a bonfire with s'mores and hot chocolate, tubing, ice skating, and an a la carte menu to celebrate. Not only this, but the Breathtaking Alpine Coaster which premiered this season with also be open for exhilarating rides. 

Another exciting event which takes away those January blues is the annual X-Games Aspen. This festival brings the best winter sportsmen and women together to exhibit their amazing skills. All competitions are free for the public to view so make sure you make your way to Aspen for the 25th to 28th of January! Aside from the sport, there are also a vast range of musical events staged on Buttermilk Mountain to really make this a festival for the diary.

These events are only for January, but the delights of Aspen Snowmass are year round. Go to our article on Experiencing how the other half live at Aspen Snowmass to explore more of the special world that is Aspen Snowmass.

Already sold on your trip to Aspen Snowmass? Check out these beautiful ski in ski out, high quality accommodations.

Contact Us
Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Tel: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961
Email info@chalets-usa.co.uk

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Today's Incredible Snow Totals

There has been a great storm passing over Colorado in the past couple of days that has dumped loads of snow on the Rocky's mountains!

Aspen Snowmass recorded highs of 7", while Beaver Creek lead the pack with 10"!

Other impressive totals include 5" at both Vail and Breckenridge, as well as 4" at Keystone.

For more snowfall information on these resorts visit our website

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Coming to Sundance?

The Sundance Film Festival at Park City premiers loads and loads of high quality films, documentaries, horrors, indies, shorts, and much much more!! 

This is a great time of year to visit Park City (18-28th January) as not only does the film festival add a bit of vibrancy to an already bright and busy town, but we'll let you into a secret... the slopes are a little emptier!!
So you can get onto that vast mountain range and carve your own lines with not too much distraction.
We love this festival and you would too, so to make sure you get there this year (or next) head to our website and enquire.

Find more to do at Park City here
The beautiful peaks of Park City could be all yours on your next USA ski holiday

Contact Us

Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk
Tel: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961
Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Chalets USA's 12 Days of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

Eleven skiers trekking!!

Back country to trek can be found across many of the ski resorts in the USA

It can be hard getting around the ski resorts in the USA if all you are armed with is your skis and your poles. So, many of the resorts have immense structures in place to make life easier for you. Aspen Snowmass has 42 lifts overall, with the others close behind. Find your most convenient accommodation in these useful videos: "How close is... to the lifts in USA ski resorts?"

To book your next ski holiday in the USA contact us

Website: www.chalets-usa.co.uk

Telephone: UK 01223 655642  US 1-303-482-1961

Email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk